Tea, Dinner, Supper?
In NZ, if someone invites you for morning tea or afternoon tea, it means morning or afternoon snack or merienda. Walang kinalaman dito ang ang tsaa. Don’t reply “sorry but I don’t drink tea” na katulad ni kumpareng Ramir at baka mapagtawanan ka.
Kapag naman na-invite ka sa gabi for Tea, it means dinner or evening meal. I’m just guessing here, but I think the English called it Tea because it is their custom to drink tea or coffee after dinner.
Note that unlike in our country, over here dinner or hapunan is not the same as supper. Supper is usually a late evening snack. So kapag may nagimbita ng supper make sure kumain ka na ng hapunan. Huwag kang pupunta doon na gutom na gutom.
Finally, when someone invites you to a party and asks you to “bring a plate” it means you come to the party bringing with you a dish to share with other guests. Don’t come to the party literally bringing only plates. Dyahi yon. Nung una kami dito, muntik ko nang ginawa yon. Isip ko pa noon kulang siguro ang mga plates nila o baka tamad lang silang maghugas.